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We test five at-home laser and IPL treatments, including products from Silken, Philips, Rio and more.
Many beauty salons now offer laser or IPL (intense pulsed light) hair-removal treatment. So it's no surprise we're also starting to see at-home laser treatment products that claim to achieve similar results.
We take a look at five home light and laser treatment products to see how effective they are, as well as how easy and safe they are to use at home by an inexperienced operator.
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The overall score is made up of performance (50%), safety assessment (30%) and dermatological assessment (20%)
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Is conducted by a dermatologist after 2.5 months, who notes all functional symptoms (burning, tearing, itching, etc) and clinical signs (de-pigmentation, redness, etc) associated with adverse effects of using the treatment.
Recommended retail, as of October 2012.
The effectiveness of hair removal was assessed after 28 and 70 days, as well as a self-assessment from a user panel of 30 female adults, covering ease of use and likelihood of buying the product.
The safety mechanisms of each device are assessed. These safety systems are designed to prevent accidental flashing.
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